The world of smartphones is evolving with each passing day and there is no doubt that 5G-enabled smartphones and foldable devices are going to hog all the limelight at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019 which is going to be held in Barcelona next week. According to Thomas Husson, Vice President and Principal Analyst at Forrester, the sessions on 5G and foldable phones are likely to overshadow all other events happening at the MWC.
Speaking to IANS, Thomas Husson said, “There is no denying that 5G is the infrastructure of the connected world, and precisely the reason why it is at the center of the economic and political war between the US and China.”
But the fact remains that it is going to take another 5 to 7 years before it reaches the critical mass is readily available for mass consumption. “While we will hear a lot about the first 5G smartphones, the challenge is to simultaneously roll-out the infrastructure and it will take time, especially in Europe where spectrum allocation remains a mess at a country level,” he added.
Several leading players from the telecom arena are going to showcase their products at this congregation that is scheduled to take place from February 24-February 28.
Speaking about the mass consumption of foldable screen handsets, Husson opined, “It is likely that top smartphone brands will claim to have reinvented smartphone design. However, it will take some time for these foldable screens to reinvent the smartphone category and deliver differentiated experiences.”
Foldable screen handsets have caught the imagination of the masses as it combines three divergent planes of smartphones, laptops, and tablets and it is being seen as the future of handsets.
The MWC is also going to witness the latest developments in the field of augmented reality and how it is going to change the landscape of reality in the near future.
According to the Paul Miller, Senior Analyst at Forrester, “Endless pilots and proofs of concepts in the Internet of Things (IoT) are also maturing, reaching behind the operational teams where they began into the mainstream business, where they simplify existing processes and open the door to new service-based business models.”
Source: The Hans India